Jurgen Klopp says Jordan Henderson “has the most difficult job in England” before hinting at being frustrated by his injury problems.
Liverpool skipper Henderson has had his fair share of injury worries since Klopp took over the reins at Anfield on October 2015.
The 27-year-old, who was injured almost immediately when Klopp arrived, with a fractured metatarsal has been hit hard with injuries which have hampered his progress over the last few seasons.
Henderson missed over a month in APril 2016 with a knee-ligament problem, before he missed over foirt months of last serason with a foot injury, while he has just returned from over a month out this term with a hamstring problem.
Henderson played his first 80 minutes this year in the 2-0 win over Newcastle over the weekend and Klopp referenced his injury woes in his Melwood news conference.
“Jordan knows what I think about him and Southgate is thinking about him. Jordan can improve but he has been a strong player this year,” said Klopp, ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League round of 16 tie with Porto at Anfield.
“That is why he is playing for us and is our skipper.
“The last game was outstanding from him in many parts. he controlled the game and his passing was excellent.He was patient. He has the most difficult job in England – he had to replace Steven Gerrard.
“I hope people don’t think about that any more, he is an individual person. I thought he did really well to deal with it.
“When fit he is a fantastic footballer.”
Klopp could have said the former Sunderland man was a “fantastic footballer” full stop, but he inserted the “when fit” to make a point about the England man.